Public Policy / Government Relations Articles
EPA Proposes Wide Range of Changes to RFS
The Environmental Protection Agency this week proposed a host of edits to the Renewable Fuels Standard, ranging from new allowances for RIN generation to changing the definition of crop residue to produce ethanol.
May 23, 2013 – Farm Futures
Construction Industry, Unions Urge Support for House Keystone XL Approval Bill
Seventeen national construction associations and unions joined Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) Monday, May 20, calling on the House of Representatives to support the Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3), legislation that would eliminate the need for presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project.
May 21, 2013 – AED
Obama Administration calls for more crop insurance and commodity cuts
The Obama Administration issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) today which broadly supports key reforms made in the new farm bill being debated on the United States Senate floor, while calling for unspecified additional cuts in crop insurance and commodity program savings.
May 21, 2013 – Agri-Pulse
Congress Expected To Waste No Time In Debating Farm Bill
Indications are that legislators will waste no time in taking up the farm bill drafts on both the Senate and House floors. The version approved by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee on Tuesday was introduced later that day on the Senate floor as S. 954.
May 17, 2013 – AgriMarketing
Senate Passes Water Resources Development Act
The Senate Wednesday voted 83-14 in support of the Water Resources Development Act, a bill that authorizes Army Corps projects on major inland waterways in the United States, and includes a provision that partially alleviates EPA fuel storage restrictions.
May 16, 2013 – Farm Futures
House Agriculture Committee passes new farm bill
After several long hours of debate, the House Agriculture Committee passed a new five-year farm bill, H.R. 1947, late tonight by a 36-10 vote margin. The measure reforms or eliminates more than 100 programs, including the elimination of direct payments that have been the mainstay of the farm safety net for almost two decades.
May 16, 2013 – AgriPulse
D.C. Watch: Blame House Ag Committee for farm bill delays
Farm bill debates in the House and Senate Ag Committees will begin this week - May 14 in the Senate and May 15 in the House. Senate leaders would like to bring the bill to the floor before the end of the month, but the floor debate in the House will probably be delayed until late summer or even later.
May 13, 2013 – Ag Professional
Draft of Senate's 2013 Farm Bill Released
Farm groups Thursday welcomed the Senate Agriculture Committee's release of the 2013 Farm Bill draft, which appears in many ways to be similar to last year's Senate-passed bill.
May 10, 2013 – Farm Futures
Caterpillar's chief technology officer urges Congress to support manufacturing, highly skilled workers in immigration reform
Caterpillar's Chief Technology Officer Gwenne Henricks recently testified before the Senate Commerce Committee and urged lawmakers to support manufacturing and highly-skilled immigrants in whatever form of immigration reform is passed into law.
May 9, 2013 – Equipment World
Senate Debates Water Resources Development Act
The Senate Tuesday considered the Water Resources Development Act, legislation that ag groups maintain is important for economic growth and agricultural transportation.
May 8, 2013 – Farm Futures
Lawmakers plan to start drafting farm bill next week
Congress will begin writing a new, $500 billion U.S. farm law next week, the head of the Senate Agriculture Committee said on Tuesday, even as calls mounted for deeper cuts in farm subsidies and food stamp spending.
May 8, 2013 – AgProfessional
Association: Increase in Highway Fatalities Calls for Continued Investments in Road Safety
Highway fatalities in the United States increased last year 5.3 percent from the previous year, reversing several years of annual declines. A total of 1,713 more people were killed in traffic crashes in 2012 than in 2011 with a total of 34,080 lives lost, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
May 7, 2013 – forconstructionpros.com
Manufacturers Win in Fight Against NLRB Overreach
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of the NAM's appeal of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) "posting requirement" rule issued by the agency last year.
May 7, 2013 – National Association of Manufacturers
ARTBA Asserts Highway Trust Fund Problems Are Political, Not Structural
"The root of the federal Highway Trust Fund's [HTF] revenue challenge is not an antiquated gas tax or alternative-fueled vehicles dominating the U.S. automobile fleet or improved fuel economy, but a more direct and obvious flaw: the federal motor fuels tax and other highway user fees have not been adjusted for 20 years."
May 7, 2013 – Construction Equipment Guide
Farm Bill Mark-Ups In Both Committees Coming Soon
The next two weeks could be critical to the effort to pass new, long-term farm policy this year, with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) saying this week the Senate Agriculture Committee could consider a bill as early as next week and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas planning a mark-up on May 15.
May 3, 2013 – AgriMarketing
Pritzker Picked for Commerce Dept., Froman for USTR
Seeking to fill top economic posts in his administration, President Obama has selected Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker as his nominee to lead the Commerce Dept. and White House aide Michael Froman to be U.S. Trade Representative.
May 2, 2013 – ENR
Selecting Between Three Potential Farm Bill Programs
After last year's failed attempt, Congress will again try to pass a Farm Bill this year. Mark up in both the Senate and House Agricultural Committees likely will occur in the near future. Given bills passed last year in the full Senate and by the House Agricultural Committee, along with proposals put forward this year by farm groups, it is possible to gain a feel for the types of programs likely to be included in the Farm Bill.
May 1, 2013 – Farm Futures
Vermont transportation budget bill includes new gas tax
On Monday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed the state's transportation budget bill, which includes a new gas tax, Burlington Free Press reported.
May 1, 2013 – Better Roads
Senate committee on transportation to move quickly on Foxx nomination, Rockefeller says
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) said Monday that his panel would move quickly to hold a confirmation hearing on President Obama's nomination of Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation, The Hill reported.
April 30, 2013 – Better Roads
House Committee Pressures Obama on Keystone
The House Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation designed to hasten the approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.
April 26, 2013 – Construction Equipment